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Anti-Racism & Equity Resources: Critical Race Theory

An introduction to resources about anti-racism and racism.

Definition

"Critical Race Theory is a movement started in the 1970s by activists and scholars committed to the study and transformation of traditional relationships of race to racism and power. CRT was initially grounded in the law and has since expanded to other fields. CRT also has an activist dimension because it not only tries to understand our situation but to change it. The basic beliefs of CRT are:

  • Racism is ordinary, the 'normal' way that society does business, the 'common, everyday' experience of most People of Color in this country.
  • Racism serves the interests of both white people in power (the elites) materially and working class white people psychically, and therefore neither group has much incentive to fight it.
  • Race and races are social and political constructs, categories that society invents and manipulates when convenient. In reality our differences as human beings are dwarfed by what we have in common and have little or nothing to do with personality, intelligence, and morality.
  • Society chooses to ignore this and assigns characteristics to whole groups of people in order to advance the idea of race and the superiority of whiteness.
  • The power elite racializes different groups at different times to achieve their economic agenda, continually and repeatedly prioritizing profit over people.

Definition from "Racism Defined," Dismantling Racism Works Workbook

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